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The Food of Italy, by Waverley Root, (Vintage Books, 1992), originally published in 1971, 749pp, $14.40 (paperback).

With great learning and omnivorous curiosity, Root explores all of the byways of a cuisine so nuanced that even the basic ragł Bolognese has some two hundred variations. The Food of Italy takes us from the legally enforced frugality of the renaissance table to the enduring Saracen luxury of Sicilian desserts, from the lasagna of Bologna to the saltimbocca (meaning, literally, ‘jump in the mouth’) of Rome. In its pages we learn of an elephant forced to spend the winter of 1551 in the South Tyrol and the dishes names after him, of the proper way to bottle Chianti, and the fables surrounding the origin of tortellini. Here, then is a book that in summoning up the flavors of Italy conveys the mysterious and wonderful essence of all things Italian.

A Traveller's Wine Guide to Italy (The Traveller's Wine Guides) by Stephen Hobley, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, francesc Venturi see larger photo List Price: $19.95 (softcover)

Italy has probably the richest variety of wines of any country in the world. Every one of the country's twenty regions produces a unique selection of wines, often made with grapes used nowhere else for wine-making. Stephen Hobley describes Italy's most important wine-producing areas, gives the background to the wines, and provides a guide to visiting the best producers. Hundreds of wineries that welcome visitors are listed, together with their addresses, telephone and fax numbers, websites and opening times.

A Traveller's Wine Guide to Italy sets out to answer such questions as "is there a charge for tasting?" and "Do they speak English?" Much more than simply a wine guide, it also provides a wealth of information on Italy's unrivalled cultural heritage.

Trattorias of Rome, Florence, and Venice
by Maureen B. Fant

List Price: $20.00

Before You Sit Down To
One of the Best Meals in the World--
You Have To Find It First!
So you're going to Italy -- home to some of the finest food in the world. But the cozy, informal neighborhood trattorias -- the real discoveries -- can be hard to find, even in a country that has catered to tourists since the days when all roads led to Rome. Here's help -- in a guide as friendly and inviting as a fragrant plate of ribollita. In Trattorias of Rome, Florence, and Venice, food writer Maureen B. Fant tells even the least intrepid traveller how to find, order, and enjoy the most memorable meal in three favorite Italian cities.

Whether you are planning a trip to Italy or already enjoying one, Maureen B. Fant will guide you to the best trattorias, giving you Locations and contact informationPricesSpecialtiesRankingsAnd much more

Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy
by Joseph Bastianich, David Lynch

At one time, Italian wines conjured images of cheap Chianti in straw-wrapped bottles. More recently, expensive “Super Tuscans” have been the rage. But between these extremes lay a bounty of delicious, moderately priced wines that belong in every wine drinker’s repertoire.

Vino Italiano is the only comprehensive and authoritative American guide to the wines of Italy. It surveys the country’s wine-producing regions; identifies key wine styles, producers, and vintages; and offers delicious regional recipes. Extensive reference materials—on Italy’s 300 growing zones, 361 authorized grape varieties, and 200 of the top producers— provide essential information for restaurateurs and wine merchants, as well as for wine enthusiasts.

Beautifully illustrated as well as informative, Vino Italiano is the perfect invitation to the Italian wine experience.

List Price: $35.00

The New Italy: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Italian Wine
by Marco Sabellico, Daniele Cernilli

Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 11.30 x 9.79
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; ISBN: 1840001801; (October 2000)

Explores every significant development in the wines and wine regions of Italy. An introduction to the wine styles and winemaking methods gives an overview of the essence of Italian wine, and is followed by a region-by-region tour or the country's wines and vineyards.

List Price: $40.00

Great Eats in Italy

Italy for the Gourmet Traveler
by Fred Plotkin

In the most complete gastronomic guide to Italy ever published, Fred Plotkin takes you beyond the traditional tourist experience, revealing the true richness of the nation's extraordinary cuisine and the lifestyle that surrounds it. From country markets and wineries to city restaurants and cooking schools, you will discover Italian gastronomic treasures and pleasures that no other book offers.

Plotkin has selected a "classic town" in each Italian region from Sicily to the Alps that best embodies that region's cuisine and culture. Many of these special places are overlooked by uninitiated travellers, who usually flock to crowded tourist centers. In all, there are 504 cities and towns listed in this comprehensive book--a definitive source for travellers and food scholars.

You will visit bakeries, coffee bars, and gourmet specialty shops and learn how products such as cheese, wine, olive oil, and balsamic vinigar are made. You will attend food fairs and folkloric festivals, tour food and wine museums, and meet cooks, bakers, and ice cream makers. And you can select from more than 800 ristoranti, osterie, and trattorie that serve the real Italian dishers that tourists seldom discover. Plotkin also includes 42 outstanding recipes for gourmet dining at home. Whether you are planning your next Italian journey or are an armchair traveller, Fred Plotkin shows you how to experience la bella vita to the fullest.

List Price: $22.95

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